10 Intriguing HBCU Facts
1. Over half of Black teachers and 70% of Black dentists attended HBCUs
2.There are 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
3.Among Blacks, 80% of judges graduated from an HBCU
4.Martin Luther King Jr. enrolled into Morehouse College at the young age of 15 in 1944 and graduated with a sociology degree 4 years later.
5.On November 17, 1911 at Howard University, Omega Psi Phi became the first international fraternity to be established on an HBCU campus
6. In 2011, there was a total of 346, 338 students enrolled in undergraduate programs at HBCUs. 76% of the total population was African-American and 19% belonged to other ethnicities.
7. A lot of people think that it is a coincidence that the University of Houston and Texas Southern University are right across the street from one another, but it’s not. In 1927, a Houston school district established Houston Junior College and Houston Colored Junior College. At first Houston Colored Junior College was supposed to be in a separate section on the same land as Houston Junior College. Then, Hugh Roy Cullen donated a portion of land across the street from Houston Junior College so that blacks wouldn’t attend the same school as whites. Houston Junior College is what we know today as the University of Houston. Houston Colored Junior College went through a series of name changes before becoming the HBCU we know as Texas Southern University.
8.According to the UNCF, Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania is the oldest HBCU which was established in 1837. The school was funded by a Quaker Philanthropist, Richard Humphrey, who saw that black people were losing jobs to immigrants and wanted to provide young black people with an education to gain the skills to succeed within the job market.
9. Blufield State College in West Virginia was established in 1895 to provide an education to African-American youth whose parents were coal miners. Although, Blufield State College is indeed an HBCU, as of 2013 the school’s population was 90% white. The only reason why Blufield State College is still considered an HBCU is because of the federal law.
10.Shaw University is a private university in Raleigh, North Carolina that was built after the Civil War as the first initiative to immerse freed slaves into academics. On the campus of Shaw is Estey Hall which was the first hall that was built for African-American women in college in 1873.
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I have recently earned my BBA from the University of Houston and I am a native Houstonian. My background is in human resources, so I have an understanding of what motivates people and their actions. As a result of those things, I merge my personal, professional, and college experience to write blogs that everyone can relate to.